The therapist will utilise the state of creative focus in order to promote change in a currently held belief. By using positive imagery and suggestion, the therapist encourages the client to concentrate upon and, therefore, consider alternative outcomes or emotions to any given event.
The general start point for any trance work is with relaxation, simply because a calm, quiet and contemplative person is more likely to drop any existing barriers and consider a new approach to learning. It is when a client is in a trance state that the subconscious is accessed – the part of the brain that drives responses e.g. causes people to look both ways when crossing the road. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the client’s behaviour and physical state to alter. By accessing this part of the brain the client can calmly look at their responses and create new informed decisions as to how to react in any given situation in order to deal with it more appropriately.
The hypnotherapist focuses on what positive changes the client wants to achieve, the changes they can expect and reinforces those goals whilst encouraging the mind away from the past limitations or negative thoughts as it begins to concentrate wholly on future success. The process involves continual reassessment and acknowledgement of the progress made so far.
Before the therapist engages in trance work, any misconceptions a person may have about hypnosis are dispelled. Hypnosis does not involve a person being put into a deep sleep and no one can be made to do anything they would not otherwise do. While is it not sleep per se, the process mimics the REM cycle of sleep; information is moved from the primitive brain to the intellectual brain. The person remains fully aware and is not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist. It is the person undergoing hypnotherapy who wishes to change a behavioural habit or addiction and is motivated to do so.
Rapid Eye Movement (REM)
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
During the initial consultation the client will be asked what it is that has brought them to therapy. This will be the only time the ‘problem’ is focused on. Throughout each session problem talk is avoided and we are not asked to revisit old or painful memories. Whilst we can acknowledge any painful events that may have happened, the process is instead one of movement towards where we want to be by focusing on how we can get there using our wealth of internal resources.
Subsequent hypnotherapy sessions involve significantly more than hypnosis. During each session progress made is discussed where the client will be encouraged to express themselves positively, focusing on outcomes rather than problems. All sessions are outcome orientated, enabling a more positive and constructive perspective on life.